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My self-summary
OkCupid test results notwithstanding, I am not a robot! I do have a fairly serious romantic streak, and I'm looking for counterparts who would enjoy exploring the city together, cozying up at home over a nice meal and a glass of wine, traveling the world, or prattling on about politics, science, philosophy, or just about anything that fascinates us.
What I’m doing with my life
I spend much of my time trying to make some sense out of large sets of data, originally as an astrophysicist and more recently at a small internet company here in the city. When I'm not working, you'll often find me enjoying the beauty of northern California, riding a bike, climbing a mountain or skiing down one, reading on the beach, or trekking to some remote part of the world.
I’m really good at
Lately I've become pretty fierce in the kitchen, if I do say so myself, despite having not cooked much at all for many years. So if your heart is accessible through your stomach, watch out!
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm not sure about this one, but it's probably something very large and prominent.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
A random sampling of authors I've enjoyed recently: Alex Ross, Nassim Taleb, Milan Kundera, Alan Hollinghurst, Christopher Hitchens, Kevin Starr. I grew up reading lots of sci-fi, Stanislaw Lem being one of my favorites.

I have a big soft spot for classically-trained aging Shakespearean sellouts: Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, John Gielgud, Timothy Dalton (thanks to Russell T for casting him as Rassilon!). Which brings me to science fiction: Doctor Who, Star Trek, Futurama. More cartoons: Family Guy is wicked. Hugh Laurie is genius, as was Arrested Development. I can be a sucker for gorgeous cinematography (Zhang Yimou comes to mind, as do Wings of Desire and Tom Ford's recent film) and high camp (Suddenly Last Summer).

I grew up with some classical piano training, and more recently I've fallen in love with a wide range of classical music. It doesn't get much better than the Brahms symphonies. I have a thing for Scandanvians -- Sibelius, Salonen, and a very pretty Sigur Rós song as performed by the Kronos Quartet (Flugufrelsarinn). I also enjoy listening to jazz (Coltrane is a good example). I like songwriters including Loreena Mckennitt and Vienna Teng. I even have a recurring tendency to play highly stereotypical gay dance music, but please don't tell anyone.

I enjoy foods with some complexity to them; I like French restaurants and certain types of Chinese, but also trying new things in just about any shape or form. I'm always up for an afternoon of wine tasting. I love the food in New Orleans and I can make a mean jambalaya.
Six things I could never do without
My bicycle.
My digital piano.
Parenthetical expressions (sorry about that).
Lists of things I could never do without.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
what life would be like if I were good at summarizing myself in online profiles, or if I had invented the finglonger. A man can dream though. A man can dream!
On a typical Friday night I am
Heading to the mountains. Out on the town at a film or concert. Or just watching from my living room as the fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on (thanks Jake!). Or in this case, figuring out what to tell OkCupid I am doing on a typical Friday night.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I have a profile on an online dating site!
You should message me if
That goes without saying, if you've read this far and your head has not yet exploded. Why not! You know you want to...
The two of us